Academics

Contact

John K. Eason
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Phone: 206.398.4163
E-mail: easonj@seattleu.edu

Registrar's Office

Overview

Seattle University School of Law prepares great lawyers to be powerful advocates for justice. Through our curriculum and experiential offerings, we immerse our students in the knowledge, legal skills, and experiences needed to solve real-world problems.

You can choose the schedule that fits your life: Attend full-time or part-time, take classes in the evening or during the day, start in the summer or fall. Attend year-round and complete law school in 2 ½ years. Learn more about these options.

First-Year Curriculum

First-year courses provide the foundation for your legal education, exposing you to essential legal concepts and helping you develop critical skills in legal reasoning and analysis through courses in Contracts, Torts, Legal Research and Writing, Civil Procedure, Property and Criminal Law. In the spring semester, you get the chance to put those skills to work in our innovative Introduction to Practice course, in which students form "firms" and work through a real legal problem. You'll gain insight into how you might want to focus your remaining time in law school.

A variety of options
  • Students are required to take Constitutional Law and Legal Writing II in their second year, and Evidence, Professional Responsibility, and a professional skills course prior to graduation.
  • The upper-division curriculum incorporates a wide-ranging set of offerings, allowing you to tailor your education. You can choose from courses in areas including poverty law, intellectual property, environmental law, or immigration law.
  • You can represent real clients through courses like international human rights or youth advocacy through the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, and get on-the-job experience through an externship at one of 500 domestic and international sites.
  • Third-year students can opt to spend a semester or the whole year at our Alaska Satellite Campus in Anchorage. 
  • You can also choose to earn a master's degree at the same time as your J.D. through our Joint Degree Programs in business, public administration, criminal justice, transformational leadership, or sports administration.

Start here and chart your course.